Author

Erica Poole

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Abstract

Through a review of literature, this paper will provide an explanation of multiple chemical sensitivity. Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is characterized by a low-level exposure to environmental chemicals resulting in multi organ symptoms reported by the patient. The diagnosis of MCS is difficult to come about because MCS is unknown to many medical professionals or is not recognized as an illness by others. Also, there exists no single diagnostic test to confirm multiple chemical sensitivity. The etiology of MCS is unknown and often can cause great debate between being a physiological disorder or a psychological disorder or a combination of both. The treatment of multiple chemical sensitivity includes avoidance therapy, diet therapy, neutralization therapy, and sometimes psychotherapy. The type of treatment depends on the characteristics of the patient. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms not rid the illness. MCS is such a poorly defined and unknown illness there is a need for much further research.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

24 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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